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Wed., May 28, 2014, 8:47 a.m.

Johnson: Dems Have Slim Chance

Marc Johnson of The Johnson Post offers three take-aways from the GOPrimary last week:

To me the lesson is clear: Democrats in Idaho often only get a chance to shine because the state’s Republicans put forward a weak, flawed or otherwise damaged candidate. The Idaho GOP would appear to have at least three less-than-secure candidates in November – a third term seeking governor badly in need of uniting his splintered party, a secretary of state candidate who couldn’t hold his own leadership position in the state legislature and has been dogged by other controversy, and a candidate for school superintendent who no one seems to know. No predictions, but rather the observation that historically Idaho Democrats need Republicans to misfire if they are to have a chance to win an election. We’ll see if any of the current Democrats are positioned to take advantage of that history lesson. More here.

Question: Which statewide candidate is most vulnerable to an upset by a Democrat this year -- Gov. Butch Otter, secretary of state candidate Lawerence Denney or secretary of state candidate Sherri Ybarra?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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